Generally, New Year’s day is celebrated on the first of January every year all over the world. According to the Gregorian calendar, a year ends on the 31st of December, and a new one begins on the 1st of January. It took a while for January 1st to become the universal start of a new year with Turkey and Thailand being amongst the last countries to adopt it fully.
Some religions and cultures celebrate the New Year's day on different dates according to their religious and cultural beliefs. Some Examples of such are:
The Islamic New Year
The Muslims have a different New Year's day. It is sometimes known as the Arabic New Year or the Hijri New Year. It is not a particular or set date, but is determined by the sighting of a new moon. It is observed by Muslims on the first of the month of Muharram.
In most Islamic countries. The Hijri New Year is set aside as a public Holiday. Muslims usually spend this day in solemnity, they reflect on how much time has passed and remember that we are all mortals. Though special prayers are usually held in mosques and public halls, this New Year's day is a quiet one.
Jewish New Year
This is also known as Rosh Hashnah which is Hebrew for “Head of the year”. In the Bible, this day is called the Yom Teruah, meaning “ the day of shouting or the day of blasting”. Unlike the general New Year’s day, this is usually a celebration that lasts for two days. It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve.
This holiday is celebrated by the Jewish people and is celebrated by blowing of the Shofar (a musical instrument made from a ram's horn). This horn is blown at different hours of the day until it totals to 100 times. The blowing of the horn, is to wake up sleepers from their slumber, examine their ways and remember their creator.
On this day, there will be prayer services held at different points and special religious poems are read at several instances. It is usually a day of prayer, reflection and celebration.
Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is also generally referred to as the spring festival among many practitioners. It marks the end of winter and ushers in the beginning of the spring season. Chinese New Year begins when the new moon appears, and is usually between 21st January and 20th February. It is one of the most celebrated holidays in China. It is usually a very traditional holiday, it is a time to honor deities and ancestors. Different families celebrate differently, some come together for an annual reunion dinner, others clean their house and sweep away every ill fortune of the old year and welcome in good luck for the New year.
Happy New Year Religious Wishes
Every religion has different ways to wish each other happy New Year, it is usually accompanied with a prayer or blessing.
The Muslim may say: As the Hijiri New Year begins, we pray that it is a year of an abundance of peace, blessing, happiness, and new friends. May Allah bless you throughout the New Year. or On the Auspicious day of Muharram, may Allah bless you with wealth, health and happiness.
The Jews will say: Shanah Tovah which translates to “ have a good year” or Shanah Tovah Umetukah, which means “ may you have a good and sweet year”.
For Chinese New Year, you might hear: “Gong hei fat choi” which will translate to “ wishing you great happiness and prosperity”
Happy New Year Religious Quotes
Just like with greetings and wishes, every religion usually has quotes to help guide and see them through the new year. Some of those quotes include:
‘For last year's words belong to last year's language, and next year's words await another voice, and to make an end is to make a beginning. May Allah bless us this New year’.
‘Rosh Hashanah isn't just about being new, it is about a change’ - Max Levis.
‘Your future is bound by the past. Celebrate Rosh Hashanah like a new beginning’.
‘The rising sun will bring with it bundles of joy, luck, and happiness’.
One thing is for sure across all religions and New Years, it is a time of celebration and happiness. Everybody comes together to pray, share and celebrate. It is a time to reflect on the past and get ready to enter the new year with joy and happiness. Happy New Year!